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This is the enemy of the Palestinian people not the Israeli people

There is absolutely no need, cause or justification for anyone to start a war. We are after all civilized human beings. Any international incident can be resolved peacefully. Those who start wars are nothing more than criminals with a criminal intent to cause the death of another human being. The most effective course of action to end any war is to go after the person or persons who gave the order to attack another country. One person does not have the authority to launch a war against another especially in a democratic society. If a leader of one country decides to go to war with another country that leader is committing crimes that include crimes against peace, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

In the game of chess the objective is to remove your opponent’s king in as few moves as possible. The object of the game is to checkmate your opponent’s king, whereby the king is under immediate attack (in “check”) and there is no way to remove it from attack on the next move. The game is over as soon as you capture your opponent’s king and your opponent surrenders to you. Wars of aggression can be ended quickly simply by applying the game of chess to your self-defense strategy. Defend your people by taking the course of action that will quickly capture and remove your opponent’s leadership.

International law and domestic law allow lethal force to be used in self-defense against armed attacks. Whether it’s George W Bush engaged in an unprovoked attack against Iraq, Afghanistan or Iran, or the CIA kidnapping foreign citizens from around the World, it’s legal to use lethal force in response to those kinds of attacks. There’s no special protection given to heads of state that protects them from the otherwise lawful use of lethal force in self-defense. Nuremberg established that heads of state have no immunity from responsibility for aggressive war. There’s no logical legal principle that says it’s better to spare George W Bush’s life, when he’s the head war criminal who started the war, and killed tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of relatively innocent people.

Any uniformed member of the Military is a lawful target under the laws of armed conflict. If he is the head policy maker in deciding to launch an aggressive war, then he’s committing an international crime; denying him any right to the kind of protection we give hospital workers or Red Cross workers or the like. If we want to deter aggression, we have to extract a cost from those who are making the decisions. George W Bush gave up over 3500 of his country’s young men and women in his war against Iraq. He is certainly willing to give up thousands more in his war of terrorism in Iraq. He’s not willing to put his own safety at risk, and so it’s very important that we make it clear that we have the legal right to go after even heads of state engaged in massive international aggression.

The only logical and legal course of action to defend ones country and countrymen from an unlawful military attack from another country is to hold the person or persons who gave the order to attack, accountable for their criminal acts. Instead of retaliating against the people of the country whose leader ordered the attack on your country and countrymen one should only attack those leaders who gave the order. No one else should suffer or pay for the crimes of the war leaders. Only the leaders who order their country to attack and murder the people of another country should suffer and pay with their lives. The Nuremberg Trial established “Legal Self-Defense” against Bush’s wars of aggression, the CIA kidnappings and Olmert’s acts of aggression against the Palestinian people. The honorable and patriotic course of action to end their illegal wars is to target those criminal leaders. Hamas and the Palestinian people have the right to self-defense and their legal rights include only attacks against the criminal leadership, not against the innocent civilians in Israel. As soon as the leaders who gave the order to attack and kill your people are eliminated then the war will end. If someone takes over command of the Israeli or US military forces after the war leaders are eliminated and they too order more attacks against you and your country and your people, then they too are legal and legitimate targets. Infiltrating the enemy’s country and attacking only the leadership will end the war quickly and deter future leaders from ordering their people to attack and kill another.

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“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.” - Marcus Cicero, speaking to Caesar, Crassus, Pompey and the Roman Senate.

Back in March of 2008 an Israeli minister threatened that Gaza faces a “holocaust”, a threat that Israel has now acted upon. The use of the term “holocaust” is usually restricted to descriptions of the Nazi genocide of the Jews in Europe in the Second World War, and many Israelis resent its use in any other context. The oppressed have become the oppressors. The Israeli air strikes are targeting the food and humanitarian aid tunnels not the Hamas leadership. They are cutting off the food supply lines that has been keeping the Palestinian people alive. Once the lines are completely severed Israel intends on sending in tanks and troops to slaughter the Palestinian civilian population.

The Israeli government has adopted the same ideology and policies as the Hitler Regime. Nazism believed that others are to blame for the misery of their people. Nazism saw force as the only answer to their own salvation. Nazism targets only the weak and helpless. Those who follow the Nazi ideology are weak and cowards for they prey on the weak and helpless in order to create the deception that they are strong and powerful. Israel preys on the weak and defenseless. Israel is so weak they require the military and financial backing of the US. Israel wouldn’t and couldn’t strike another country with a military force that could defend itself. The Israeli government are cowards for they only target and kill unarmed civilians. They are murderers. They are acting as children of Satan instead of children of God. The Israeli government does as Satan commands. They do not obey God’s commands. The only way one can show their love for God is to show their love for your neighbors.

Starving the people of Gaza by besieging it was the first step in the Israeli ’s holocaust of the Palestinian people in Gaza. As the people in Gaza do not have an army or air force to defend themselves they are forced to defend themselves from starvation by striking back at their oppressors any way they can. Israel has caged the entire population of Gaza and they have been starving the caged Palestinian people for months now and the entire World has done nothing to stop this atrocity. It is the responsibility of the International community to defend the people of Gaza from the criminal actions of the Israeli government. The entire World must demand Israel cease its aggression and murdering of the innocent Palestinian people. There are numerous UN Resolutions that declares that the Israeli government is guilty of war crimes, crimes against peace and crimes against humanity. It is time for the International community to take police action against the criminals who have infested the Israeli government. Olmert has already been indicted as a criminal by the Israeli legal system. A criminal has no place and no right to lead a nation. He was forced to resign and yet he is still in power. Because he hasn’t been forcibly removed, and to hold onto the authority that is no longer his, he has now engaged in acts of aggression and murder against the innocent people in Gaza. Olmert should not be allowed to lead the Jewish people. He is a criminal. Criminals have no place in society and they have no authority, right or privilege to lead a nation. The Israeli government is not legal as Olmert is not the legal leader of Israel. He was declared a criminal and forced to resign. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert formally resigned on September 21, 2008. He handed a letter of resignation to President Shimon Peres after briefing his cabinet on his intentions to step down. Olmert is facing five separate police investigations involving allegations of bribery, corruption and other improprieties. The attacks against the Palestinian people are nothing more than a criminal trying to hold onto power - power he legally no longer has.

Written by Mr. Francis A. Boyle - Professor in International Law.
The International Laws of Belligerent Occupation

Belligerent occupation is governed by The Hague Regulations of 1907, as well as by the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and the customary laws of belligerent occupation. Security Council Resolution 1322 (2000), paragraph 3 continued: “Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and its responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in a Time of War of 12 August 1949;…” Again, the Security Council vote was 14 to 0, becoming obligatory international law.

The Fourth Geneva Convention applies to the West Bank, to the Gaza Strip, and to the entire City of Jerusalem, in order to protect the Palestinians living there. The Palestinian People living in this Palestinian Land are “protected persons” within the meaning of the Fourth Geneva Convention. All of their rights are sacred under international law.

There are 149 substantive articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention that protect the rights of every one of these Palestinians living in occupied Palestine. The Israeli Government is currently violating, and has since 1967 been violating, almost each and every one of these sacred rights of the Palestinian People recognized by the Fourth Geneva Convention. Indeed, violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention are war crimes.

So this is not a symmetrical situation. As matters of fact and of law, the gross and repeated violations of Palestinian rights by the Israeli army and Israeli settlers living illegally in occupied Palestine constitute war crimes. Conversely, the Palestinian People are defending Themselves and their Land and their Homes against Israeli war crimes and Israeli war criminals, both military and civilian.

The U.N. Human Rights Commission

Indeed, it is far more serious than that. On 19 October 2000 a Special Session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights adopted a Resolution set forth in U.N. Document E/CN.4/S-5/L.2/Rev. 1, “Condemning the provocative visit to Al-Haram Al-Sharif on 28 September 2000 by Ariel Sharon, the Likud party leader, which triggered the tragic events that followed in occupied East Jerusalem and the other occupied Palestinian territories, resulting in a high number of deaths and injuries among Palestinian civilians.” The U.N. Human Rights Commission then said it was “[g]ravely concerned” about several different types of atrocities inflicted by Israel upon the Palestinian People, which it denominated “war crimes, flagrant violations of international humanitarian law and crimes against humanity.”

In operative paragraph 1 of its 19 October 2000 Resolution, the U.N. Human Rights Commission then: “Strongly condemns the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force in violation of international humanitarian law by the Israeli occupying Power against innocent and unarmed Palestinian civilians…including many children, in the occupied territories, which constitutes a war crime and a crime against humanity;…” And in paragraph 5 of its 19 October 2000 Resolution, the U.N. Human Rights Commission: “Also affirms that the deliberate and systematic killing of civilians and children by the Israeli occupying authorities constitutes a flagrant and grave violation of the right to life and also constitutes a crime against humanity;…” Article 68 of the United Nations Charter had expressly required the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council to “set up” this Commission “for the promotion of human rights.”

Israel’s War Crimes against Palestinians

We all have a general idea of what a war crime is, so I am not going to elaborate upon that term here. But there are different degrees of heinousness for war crimes. In particular are the more serious war crimes denominated “grave breaches” of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Since the start of the Al Aqsa Intifada, the world has seen those inflicted every day by Israel against the Palestinian People living in occupied Palestine: e.g., willful killing of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli army and Israel’s illegal paramilitary settlers. These Israeli “grave breaches” of the Fourth Geneva Convention mandate universal prosecution for their perpetrators, whether military or civilian, as well as prosecution for their commanders, whether military or civilian, including Israel’s political leaders.

Israel’s Crimes Against Humanity against Palestinians

But I want to focus for a moment on Israel’s “crime against humanity” against the Palestinian People — as determined by the U.N. Human Rights Commission itself, set up pursuant to the requirements of the United Nations Charter. What is a “crime against humanity”? This concept goes all the way back to the Nuremberg Charter of 1945 for the trial of the major Nazi war criminals. And in the Nuremberg Charter of 1945, drafted by the United States Government, there was created and inserted a new type of international crime specifically intended to deal with the Nazi persecution of the Jewish People.

The paradigmatic example of a “crime against humanity” is what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jewish People. This is where the concept of crime against humanity came from. And this is what the U.N. Human Rights Commission determined that Israel is currently doing to the Palestinian People: Crimes against humanity. Legally, just like what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jews.

The Precursor to Genocide

Moreover, a crime against humanity is the direct historical and legal precursor to the international crime of genocide as defined by the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The theory here was that what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jewish People required a special international treaty that would codify and universalize the Nuremberg concept of “crime against humanity.” And that treaty ultimately became the 1948 Genocide Convention.

In fairness, you will note that the U.N. Human Rights Commission did not go so far as to condemn Israel for committing genocide against the Palestinian People. But it has condemned Israel for committing crimes against humanity, which is the direct precursor to genocide. And I submit that if something is not done quite soon by the American People and the International Community to stop Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Palestinian People, it could very well degenerate into genocide, if Israel is not there already.

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The American people do not realize just how lucky they were that the Bush administration successfully pulled off the attacks of September 11, 2001. 9/11 was a cowardly act of treason by George W Bush and Dick Cheney which resulted in 2,974 fatalities but if their attack failed the casualties could have been much higher - the entire city of New York could have been lost. FEMA had deployed to New York City on September 10 to set up a command post at Pier 29, in preparation for a biowarfare exercise scheduled for September 12, 2001.

Rudolph Giuliani let the details of BIOWARFARE EXERCISE TRIPOD II slip in his testimony to the 9/11 Commission. In his testimony, Giuliani testified that FEMA arrived in New York on September 10th to set up a command post located at Pier 29 under the auspices of a ‘biowarfare exercise scheduled for September 12. This explains why Tom Kenney of FEMA’s National Urban Search and Rescue Team, told Dan Rather of CBS News that FEMA had arrived in New York on the night of September 10th. This was originally dismissed as a slip of the tongue. Giuliani was to use this post as a command post on 9/11 after he evacuated WTC Building 7. Giuliani knew when to leave WTC 7 because he got advanced warning that the Trade Towers were about to collapse. “We were operating out of there when we were told that the World Trade Center was gonna collapse,” Rudolph Giuliani told Peter Jennings of ABC News. How did Giuliani know the towers were about to collapse when no steel building in history had previously collapsed from fire damage?

TRIPOD II bio/chem-terrorism-attack exercise scenario involved anthrax. Anthrax spores can and have been used as a biological warfare weapon. Concentrated anthrax spores were used for bioterrorism in the 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States, delivered by mailing postal letters containing the spores.

On Sept. 11, Janette MacKinlay lived in a fourth floor apartment overlooking what was soon to become the ‘pit’ of the WTC. Her neighbor and close friend Bruno told her that he was pulled into a bank lobby off the street next to the the WTC towers by an FBI agent on the morning of Sept. 11 to protect them from the dust cloud from the collapsing tower, and was told by the agent that

“We were told this was going to happen and that it would involve anthrax.”

Another FBI agent told a woman about to enter the NBC Bldg. that she should leave because “there are explosives in the bldg as well as in the WTC.” The FBI clearly was pre-alerted because their offices were in WTC 7, which was pre-wired for a controlled demolition take down that day. MacKinlay collected the dust from the cloud that poured into her 4th floor apartment, and it is this dust that physicist Steven Jones has analyzed and in which he found military-grade thermate as well as other high explosives, proving the presence of controlled demolition charges throughout the towers to which ‘Al Qaeda’ could not have had access to place.

There are additional reasons to believe the TRIPOD II bio/chem-terrorism exercise was at least in part on an anthrax attack scenario, and that the letters that ended up being mailed slightly later with real anthrax may have been written for that exercise.

Giuliani, who oversaw the TRIPOD II bio-chem terrorism exercise of Sept. 10-12 thus oversaw the destruction of evidence at ‘the’ crime scene of the 9/11 attacks, the WTC, ordering the steel that contained traces of controlled demolition explosives to be removed, and the destruction of evidence at ‘the’ anthrax attack crime scene, America Media, Inc. in Florida.

In the summer of 2001 leading up to 9/11 and on Sept. 10, the day before 9/11, top U.S. military and military contractor bio-defense experts held a series of terror response planning meetings and exercises in connection with the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Consequence Management Interoperability System (CMIS) — renamed the Disaster Management Interoperability Services (DMIS) after 9/11 — in which Erlick and Battelle’s then Director of Department of Defense Operations Richard D. Munnikhuysen played key roles. Many of the summer 2001 ‘terror planning meetings’ were held in Johnstown, Penn., near Shanksville, site of the ‘crash’ of one of the four 9/11 planes. A terror workshop involving Erlick and the head of CMIS, Dr. Scott Eyestone, was held in Johnstown on July 9, 2001, and another was held there on Sept. 10, the day TRIPOD II bio/chem-terror attack exercise personnel arrived in another 9/11 attack target, New York City.

The anthrax attacks and Sept. 11 were both inside jobs. ‘Al Qaeda’ didn’t do either. Anthrax was part of a bio-terrorism attack ‘exercise’ scenario planned for September 12, 2001 had the first attack failed. Failure was possible if a fighter pilot had ignored Dick Cheney’s orders to stand down. Failure was possible if the aircraft used in the attacks and flown remotely didn’t hit their targets. Failure was possible if NORAD realized that the attacks were not a drill and scrambled jets to intercept the incoming jets and missile meant for the Pentagon. Failure was possible if someone activated the Pentagon’s defense systems in defiance of Dick Cheney’s orders. As the Bush administration’s Pearl Harbor was a success TRIPOD II bio/chem-terrorism-attack was aborted and perhaps millions were spared.

Anthrax is an acute (rapidly developing) infection of the skin, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract. Infection first appears with the sudden onset of flu-like symptoms that appear within 1-6 days after infection. After 2-4 days, victims exhibit a range of more severe symptoms ranging from essentially similar to upper respiratory tract syndrome: mild fever, general malaise, myalgia to difficulty breathing, exhaustion, tachycardia, cyanosis, and terminal shock. Death usually occurs within 36 hours after the patient first experiences difficulty breathing. In cases of pulmonary anthrax, up to 80% fatalities can be expected without treatment. Historically, treatment has been considered ineffective after the appearance of symptoms of inhalation anthrax.